There are lots of reasons to file an injury lawsuit -- a car accident, a slip and fall, an intentional assault -- but before you file the paperwork, you need to prepare.
A lawsuit generally means a hearing, and to win in court you need to have evidence to prove your case. If all you have is your word against the defendant's, then there's a good chance the outcome won't go in your favor.
Some evidence you can collect later, but some of it should be dealt with right away. So what kind of evidence are you going to need, and what will be most helpful to your case? Check out these seven tips:
Write down your recollection of events. While the events are still fresh in your mind, write down everything you remember about what happened. That will help you keep your facts straight later on.
Tally up costs. Injury lawsuits generally ask the court to make the defendant pay for damages. How much in damages? That depends on the dollar value of the harm caused, so keep a careful accounting of your bills.
Go to the doctor's office. If you were hurt, then you should head to the doctor's office soon to get a professional opinion on your health. The doctor's comments on your injuries will carry more weight than your own in most cases.